Barcodes for Master Cartons, Pallets, and Skids

(Commonly called SCC-14, GTIN-14, ITF-14, Shipping Container Code, or Master Carton Code.)
 
What is it?
  A Shipping Container Code, a 14-digit barcode placed on the outside of your shipping carton or pallet, allows your retailer to scan your shipment of multiple units of your product as it comes into their warehouse.

Used in most retail situations, a Shipping Container Code may also be referred to as an Master Carton Code, SCC, SCC-14, GTIN-14, ITF-14, or DUN-14. All these terms describe the same 14-digit barcode which is created in the Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF) symbology.
 
 
The Challenge of Master Carton (SCC-14) Codes
  Simply Barcodes understands the unique challenges facing those needing to create Master Carton (SCC-14) Codes. Customers share with us that Master Carton (SCC-14) codes seem so complicated. Often uncertainty over whether or not they also need a UPC makes the process confusing. Many don’t understand why they need barcodes on their Master Cartons. Others want to know why the code does not include quantity shipped.
 
Innovative Solutions for Master Carton (SCC-14) Codes  
  Simply Barcodes makes barcoding simple. You face numerous challenges marketing your product, so barcoding should not be one of them. Our service helps you achieve business success by ensuring that your Master Carton (SCC-14) code displays the correct barcode and represents the correct information. With our guidance, rest assured knowing that you have secured the integrity of your product.
  We understand with all of the confusing information available on the web that you might be concerned about legitimacy. Our company, in business over a decade, maintains an A+ rating with the BBB. All of our codes originate with the governing body, GS1 and have never been previously used. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff stands ready to answer your questions and do more than just sell you a barcode. We work with you to help your company successfully market your products.
 
Would you like to receive your master carton code today?
  Single Master Carton Codes (SCC-14) are just $25. Order Now! or call us at +1-404-869-0701 or 1-877-872-2060 (toll free)
 

What is a Master Carton Code?
  A Master Carton Code, a 14-digit barcode placed on the outside of your shipping carton or pallet, allows your retailer to scan your shipment of multiple units of your product as it comes into their warehouse.

Used in most retail situations, a Master Carton Code may also be referred to as an SCC-14, GTIN-14, ITF-14, or Shipping Container Code. All these terms describe the same 14-digit barcode which is created in the Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF) symbology.
 
 

How are Barcodes for Master Cartons different?
  The SCC-14 is used to CHECK IN your shipments of multiple units of your product at the retailer’s warehouse. The UPC barcode is a 12-digit unique code for your product that allows retailers to CHECK OUT your individual units of product at the register.
 
 
Let’s consider the Snickers® candy bar as an example:



 
This image shows the UPC code printed
on the individual unit of the candy.
This image shows the SCC-14 code printed on the Master Carton in which the manufacturer ships multiple units of the candy bars to the retailer.
 
 
 

Do I really need a Master Carton Code (SCC-14)?
  Yes, the common method by which your retailer scans your product shipments into inventory is the SCC-14 or Master Carton Code. Additionally, distributors use them to scan receipt of shipments.
 
 

What if I do not have a UPC number for my product?
  ATTENTION: You need to order a UPC first and then order the corresponding graphic.
 
1stGo to our Order Page or call us at +1-404-869-0701 or toll free at 1-877-872-2060.
2ndPlace your order.
  We only require that you provide contact and billing information. You are not required to provide product information.
  Your retailer collects your product information, which they associate with your barcode at the Point of Sale.
  Note: We also accept checks, money orders, and wire transfers. If you wish to use one of those payment methods, please print and complete this form.
   
 
 

How do Barcodes for Master Carton work?
  Master Carton Codes (also known as SCC-14) appear as lines (bars) of varying widths representing the series of numbers commonly shown below the bars.

Barcode scanners read the bars and convert them back to the 14-digit Master Carton Code that they represent.

When you reach an agreement with a retailer to carry your product(s), they request the information required by their unique proprietary sales and inventory tracking systems.

Your 14-digit Master Carton Code, when scanned identifies the container of goods with your company.
 
 

What if I have multiple items with different UPC codes within one box?
  Let’s assume that you pack 10 units of item A and 10 units of item B into a master carton. This is referred to as a Mixed Master Carton. Often this comes in the form of a mixed carton or mixed palette. Mixed Master Cartons are a special case. They require a specific starting digit (called a package level indicator) and require their own unique base UPC code. You MAY NOT use the UPC from an actual item inside of the box as the base for the master carton code for a mixed master carton. If you are unclear about this requirement, please call us at +1-404-869-0701 for further explanation.
 
 

How do I purchase Master Carton Code?
 
1stGo to our Order Page or call us at +1-404-869-0701 or toll free at 1-877-872-2060.
2ndPlace your order.
  We only require that you provide contact and billing information. You are not required to provide product information.
  Your retailer collects your product information, which they associate with your barcode at the Point of Sale.
  Note: We also accept checks, money orders, and wire transfers. If you wish to use one of those payment methods, please print and complete this form.
   
 
 

What do I get when I order my Barcode for Master Cartons (SCC-14)?
 
1stUpon completion of your order, you receive an email confirmation of your Master Carton Code purchase.
2ndSimply Barcodes assigns your official UPC number from our database of official codes issued by the UCC (now called GS1) or uses the number you have provided to create your Master Carton Code.
3rdWe generate the digital barcode images for your Master Carton Code.
4thWe email your Master Carton Code to you as an attachment.
 
 

In what format are my Barcodes for Master Cartons (SCC-14) created?
  For your convenience, you choose your barcode graphic from three different formats so that your graphic artist, printing company, or manufacturing facility can work with your barcode graphic in their preferred software.
 
   
EPS Format - This layered, vector EPS file is the preferred format of most graphic designers due to its quality and versatility, particularly for resizing. EPS is an "exchange" format, not necessarily associated with one specific graphics program. An exchange format is one intended for multiple applications to be able to open.
TIFF Format - This layered TIFF file works well for graphic artists who need a transparent background. This format is not suitable for significant resizing.
JPEG Format - This uncompressed, high-quality JPEG file is the most common file format. All computers can open a JPEG. However, it is not suitable for resizing.
 
 

When do I get my Barcodes for Master Cartons?
  The turn-around time is often within an hour.
All orders received before 4 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day. Orders placed after 4 p.m. will be processed next business day. If you require RUSH completion, please call 1-877-872-2060 (toll-free) or +1-404-869-0701 (international) to make arrangements.
 
 

Can I purchase a Master Carton Code without having a UPC code?
  No, the individual product packaged in the container must have a UPC code first in order to create the SCC-14 code for its shipping carton.

You can purchase your UPC and SCC-14 codes at the same time or add the SCC-14 codes later.
 
 

How much does a Master Carton Code cost?
  If you do not own a UPC code, you first need to purchase one for $89 per unique product.

If you already own a UPC code, then you only need to have the Master Carton Code graphic created.

Each barcode graphic creation is priced as follows:
 
Quantity Price per graphic
1 to 9 $25 each
10 to 24 $20 each
25 to 49 $15 each
50 to 74 $12 each
75 to 99 $8 each
100 to 249 $3.75 each
250 to 499 $2.99 each
500+ Call
  The pricing above assumes that you select a single image format. You may select multiple formats at an additional charge.
 
 

How do I get my Barcode on my Master Carton?
  Providing the barcode image to your box manufacturer and including it in the design of your packaging or label prior to manufacturing is the easiest and most economical way of getting your barcode on your Master Carton.

If your packaging has already been manufactured, you will need barcode labels. If you would like to order pre-printed barcode labels, please select this option when ordering your Master Carton code. If you have already completed your order, then click label printing to order labels. Please use the label price calculator on the label printing order form to determine the price for your labels. Note that Master Carton Codes can only be printed on large labels. All orders received before 2 p.m. Eastern Time on business days are completed the same day and shipped for free within the continental U.S.
 
 







     


 
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